218 TERDICT ON INDIA handful of pampered nonentities whom we encountered on the race-course, there are thousands of others, nurses, missionaries, wives of country officials, who deserve the very highest respect. Theirs may not always be a very sensational variety of courage; it may be only the sort which enables them to scan the aforesaid pages of Life without bursting into tears. For out of those pages comes the sound of music and laughter and the swish of crepe-de- chine, and these things have been long denied them. That sort of courage is really more remarkable in the long run than the "British phlegm' which these women invariably display in a crisis, the almost unnatural calm which seems to cloak them, like an armour, when a train is held up or a mob is storming the gates. Whichever variety of courage you prefer, they have it in abundance. ii There are three main criticisms to be made of the British in India, if we consider them as individuals rather than as cogs in 1 the Imperial machine. Krstly, they never say Hhank-you/ Riding in my first Indian tram, from Gwalior to Delhi, I asked a very red-faced Colonel the Indian for 'thank-you/ The coolies who had carried the luggage were waiting to be paid ; it was very hot and they had worked quickly and well; it seemed ungracious merely to tip them and send them off. "Thank-you ?' ejaculated the Colon,el. 'Thank-you ?' 'Yes,' I repeated. 'Thank you." (If you say the word *thank- you' often enough it sounds quite peculiar, like a sort of Chinese fish.) cBut my dear fellah,5' he spluttered, byou doĽ*f." 'Don't say thank-vou ?' * Certainly not. Nevah. It isn,'t done.5 He shook his head violently, and began to climb the steps into the carriage. Then he turned his head: cS"matter of fact, doubt if there is such a word. Been in India thirty years. Know Hindi. Know Urdu. Never heard anybody say it. Thauk-you !' And he retired into the railway carriage, making old-fashioned noises.